Just a very speedy post today as I'm currently on a tropical island off Madagascar. Life's hard innit. A little note on what may seem like quite a beige product. I know, I know, I’m thrilling you already. Hold on. It’s worth it. Promise.
As a vet, I don’t get to paint my nails very often (sob) so when I do, it’s a real treat! Usually, I only paint them for holidays or long weekends – as otherwise after forty eight hours the full shabang’s got to come off again. Life’s tough, isn't it. Sympathy please.
I am also massively impatient on the whole drying thing, and smudge/chip my nail varnish quickly. Those lucky girls with perfectly manicured paws – I am not one of them. Never will be. I wish I was, but its just not a thing for me (well, unless I use Illamasqua's incredible nail varnishes). Or so I thought, until I actually bothered to use a top coat for the first time in my life.
It is a REVELATION.
Orly Color Care Bottom + Top Coat is a great little unsung hero. It is pretty quick drying, and does both jobs – leaving a high-shine top coat finish on your nails. No more stained nails from weird pastel colours (yup, I’ve been there. Pastel yellow. Looked like I smoked 4000 a day for about two weeks) and even the dreaded glitter is easier to remove with a layer of this underneath. It also seems to smooth out the nail's surface to a degree - great if you've got naturally ridgy nails.
It’s a nifty little top coat too – lovely and shiny if you’re into that sort of thing, and definitely improved nail colour longevity and durability. It’s the kind of product I’ve just always ignored and thought wouldn’t really make any difference (and would force me to sit still for longer while another layer of nail product dried) but it is definitely worth the extra 5 minutes!
You can find this little beauty at Kohls in the U.S., or the above link in the UK. I'm pretty sure I got mine at Boots or Superdrug, but I can't seem to find a link anywhere. I am in sub-saharan Africa currently, so it could just be a sneaky international Boots site hiding it from me.
Do you use a top or bottom coat for your nails each time you paint them? Or can you not be bothered with the faff?
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